Kerry Bishop

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Kerry Bishop
Kerry Bishop2.jpg
Neighbours character
Portrayed by Linda Hartley-Clark
Duration 1989–90
First appearance 1 February 1989
Last appearance 10 September 1990
Created by Ray Kolle
Introduced by Don Battye
Classification Former; regular
Profile
Occupation Advice columnist
Child carer
Salesperson

Kerry Bishop is a fictional character from the Australian soap opera Neighbours, played by Linda Hartley-Clark. She made her first screen appearance during the episode broadcast on 1 February 1989. Kerry is Mavis and Harold Bishop's (Ian Smith) only daughter and David Bishop's (Kevin Harrington) sister. Kerry left home when she was young to travel the world. She met Eric Jensen (John Ley) and fell pregnant with their daughter, Sky (Stephanie McIntosh). Following her arrival in Erinsborough, Kerry began a relationship with Joe Mangel (Mark Little) and they eventually married. Kerry adopted Joe's son and fell pregnant again. However, while out protesting a duck hunt, Kerry was shot and she and her unborn child died. Kerry departed on 10 September 1990, but Hartley-Clark returned in 2004 to record a voice-over and again in 2005 as Kerry's look-alike.

Casting[edit]

Producers introduced the character of Kerry in 1989 to rescue Des Clarke (Paul Keane) from depression and eventually become his second wife. However, when Kerry began to interact with Joe Mangel (Mark Little), they became popular with viewers who wanted them to get together and the producers agreed with their opinion.[1]

Development[edit]

Characterisation[edit]

Kerry is the only daughter of Mavis and Harold Bishop (Ian Smith).[2] After arriving in Erinsborough, Kerry moved into Number 24 with Harold. However, their very different personalities and views soon became a problem. Kerry had a daughter, Sky (Stephanie McIntosh), out of wedlock and did not care for religion, which shocked Harold, who was a Christian.[2]

Departure[edit]

When her contract came up for renewal in 1990, Hartley-Clark decided that she had had enough of the long working hours and quit her role in Neighbours after twenty months.[3] Of her reason to leave, she stated "Once you start to get out of bed and sit in the toilet at five in the morning wailing, 'I don’t want to go!' I think it's time to get out."[3] The decision was taken to kill Kerry off and Hartley-Clark thought that the end was "certainly final."[3] Producers had months to plan Kerry's death and Josephine Monroe, author of Neighbours: The First 10 Years, explained that they chose to make it as poignant as possible.[4] A newlywed Kerry became pregnant, her stepson Toby (Finn-Greentree Keane; Ben Guerens) finally accepted her into the family and she was pursuaded to return to her campaigning roots.[5] On 10 September 1990, a heavily pregnant Kerry went to protest against duck hunting with her friend Amber Martin (Alison Whyte). Kerry was hit by a stray bullet and both she and her unborn child died.[2][4] Kerry became the second regular character to die in Neighbours, following Daphne Clarke's (Elaine Smith) death in 1988.[4]

Hartley-Clark reprised her role as Kerry to voice letters to her on-screen daughter, Sky in 2004.[2] The following year, Hartley-Clark rejoined the cast as in the guest role of Kerry's look-alike Gabrielle Walker.[2]

Storylines[edit]

Kerry is the youngest child of Harold and Mavis Bishop. She was a free spirit, in great contrast to her brother David (Kevin Harrington) who had inherited most of Harold's uptight qualities. When Kerry decided to rebel against Harold's way of life, it caused a great deal of friction and Kerry left home to travel the world. Kerry fell pregnant by fellow hippy Eric Jensen (John Ley) and they had a daughter, Sky. Kerry wanted to settle down, but Eric didn't and so he left them.

Kerry is first seen in the coffee shop when Edith Chubb (Irene Inescort) complains to Harold about her bringing her own food in. Harold is about to reprimand her but soon recognises Kerry. Harold invites Kerry back to stay with him at Number 24 with him, his wife, Madge (Anne Charleston) and her son Henry Ramsay (Craig McLachlan). Kerry accepts. When Kerry meets Joe Mangel who lives across the road, there is an instant attraction as both are free spirits and have had to contend with stuffy parents. When it transpires Kerry has spent the night with Joe, Harold is appalled as he doesn't think Joe is suitable for Kerry and she decides to leave. Joe, at the last minute talks Kerry out of leaving and she repairs her relationship with Harold

After a while, Kerry and Joe become engaged and later marry in an unorthodox ceremony in a butterfly house and adopt each other's children, Sky and Toby, respectively. The following year, Tragedy strikes when a heavily pregnant Kerry goes to protest against duck hunting in the marshes with her friend Amber Martin. Kerry is hit by a stray bullet and is rushed to hospital. Joe and Harold are devastated when the doctor tells them Kerry and the baby have died due to the severe blood loss from the shooting. Sixteen years after Kerry's death, Sky gives birth to a baby girl and names her Kerry in honour of her mother.

Reception[edit]

A writer for the BBC's Neighbours website stated that Kerry's most notable moment was "Marrying Joe Mangel in the butterfly enclosure at the zoo."[6] Robin Oliver from The Sydney Morning Herald branded Kerry "the greenie martyr".[7] A columnist for the Sunderland Echo named Kerry's death as one of Neighbours' memorable moments. The columnist said it was "One of the most unexpected deaths the show has ever had".[8] Tim Teeman and James Jackson from The Times also named Kerry's death as one of Neighbours' most memorable moments. They said "As the ducks quack all around and Joe gathers her in his befleeced arms, Neighbours eco-hippy Kerry Bishop dies saving ze animals".[9] A Herald Sun reporter called Kerry's death "one of the show's saddest moments".[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peake, Jon (14–27 November 1998). "The greatest story never told". Inside Soap (114): 30. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Richards, Holly (16 August 2010). "Neighbours: Where are they now?". The West Australian. Retrieved 10 December 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Freedman, Victoria (15 April 1991). "I quit Neighbours for the man I love". Woman's Own: 44–45. 
  4. ^ a b c Monroe 1996, p.100.
  5. ^ Monroe 1996, p.103.
  6. ^ "Character: Kerry Bishop". BBC. Archived from the original on 9 March 2005. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Oliver, Robin (13 August 2003). "Neighbours". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
  8. ^ "Strewth! 20 years of Neighbours". Sunderland Echo. 17 October 2005. Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  9. ^ Teeman, Tim and Jackson, James (5 February 2008). "The top 15 most memorable Neighbours moments". The Times. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 
  10. ^ "Neighbours, our favourite soap". Herald Sun. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 

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